Gossip Tops the List of Employees’ Workplace Annoyances

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Gossip in the workplace ranked as the number one pet peeve among employees, followed by other person’s poor time management skills and messiness in communal spaces, a recent survey by Randstad USA found.

The survey of about 2,400 individuals, 60% list gossip as their greatest pet peeve, 54% say other people’s time management skills and 45% say they are most annoyed with messiness in places that are meant to be communal.

The other pet peeves listed by employees were:

  • Potent scents, 42%
  • Loud noises, 41%
  • Overuse of electronic personal communications devices in meetings, 28% and
  • Misus of email, 22%.

Though gossip was listed at the top of employees’ pet peeves, workers responded that they are more likely to say something directly to the person(s) involved about loud noises (42%) and messiness in communal spaces (38%) than say something directly to those who gossip (34%).
Employees said they are least likely to address gossip with their boss (8%), and 41% said they would do nothing, perhaps solidifying their distaste for idle chatter.

Employees’ annoyance with other’s misuse of email is less likely to be addressed by saying something directly to the person(s) involved (25%) and the more likely to be ignored (41%) by an irritated employee.

Employees are most willing to go to their supervisor to deal with others’ poor time management skills (20%).

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